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Holiday Bathroom Renovations That
Will Win Over Your In-Laws

Much needed bathroom upgrades will improve your home’s value and satisfy even the most particular family guests.

The holidays are fast approaching, but you haven’t been able to think about gift lists or celebrations. Instead, you’re obsessed with that problematic guest bathroom. Every year, when your in-laws come to visit, they complain about it. Your brother-in-law complains that the showerhead leaks; your father-in-law consistently points out that the toilet guzzles water and doesn’t have a bidet seat; your mother-in-law criticizes the faucet as out of date and using too much water.

Renovating your guest bathroom is a good investment of time and money. Making needed bathroom upgrades will improve your home’s value and your enjoyment of it while satisfying even the most discerning family guests. It’s a win­win for everyone. While bathroom remodeling makes sense any time of year, you may be inspired to get the work done now, before your in-laws arrive for the holidays.

Nexus 1G WASHLET+ S550E Two-Piece ToiletHere are tips for where to focus your efforts to ensure you’ll get the best return on your investment — and your in­ laws will love what you’ve done with the guest bath.

Necessity meets Luxury

Sinks, faucets, and toilets are bathroom necessities, but they can also be statement pieces that add luxury design and sustainability to your bath’s décor. Replacing your old, water-guzzling commode with a model that combines a toilet and personal cleansing system will conserve water while elevating the toilet’s comfort, beauty, and luxury experience for your holiday guests.

NEXUS® 1G WASHLET®+ S550E Two-Piece Toilet

For example, TOTO’s Nexus WASHLET+ S550e Two-Piece Toilet integrates a high-efficiency, high-performance toilet with the convenience and personal care of its renowned WASHLET bidet seat.

Image of deconstructed WASHLET+WASHLET+ Design

The Nexus WASHLET+ toilet is designed to seamlessly connect with a TOTO WASHLET, leaving no protruding supply connections (water or electrical). Called WASHLET+, this design improves the Nexus’ appearance and cleanliness by inhibiting dust and dirt buildup. With the WASHLET+ connection structure, the Nexus’ WASHLET can easily be attached and detached to reach areas where dust and dirt tend to collect. This unique-to-TOTO design is just one of the many ways TOTO makes it easier to keep the Nexus WASHLET+ toilet cleaner longer. 

Auto-Flush WASHLET Compatible Design

The Nexus WASHLET+ toilet is Auto-Flush WASHLET compatible. That is, to its WASHLET+ design, TOTO added a sensor-operated auto-flush feature. TOTO’s proven touchless technology enables the toilet to automatically flush when the user simply rises and walks away. There is no need to wave a hand over a sensor to activate it. The toilet responds automatically. In addition, your in-laws may manually flush the unit if they desire by using the toilet’s trip lever. 

Image of Tornado FlushFlushing Performance

The Nexus WASHLET+ toilet offers TOTO’s market-leading TORNADO FLUSH® system, which features two powerful nozzles that create a centrifugal, cyclonic rinsing action that reduces waste buildup and keeps the bowl cleaner. Using only 1.0 gallon per flush (gpf), this high-efficiency flushing system is more effective in one flush than most toilets are with multiple flushes. Its modern hole-free rim design means that the Nexus WASHLET+ high-efficiency toilet performs consistently and is easy to clean.

Cleansing Performance

Image of how Cefiontect technology works against dirtThe Nexus WASHLET+ toilet offers three cleaning technologies that work together to deliver unparalleled cleansing performance and make it possible to maintain the bowl’s cleanliness longer. TOTO calls this CLEAN SYNERGY.

First, CEFIONTECT®, TOTO’s nano-technology glaze, seals the porcelain with an ionized barrier, creating a super-slippery, non-porous surface that repels waste. Second, the TORNADO FLUSH system reaches and cleans the entire bowl and rim with every flush. Third, TOTO’s proprietary EWATER+® technology ensures the cleanliness of the bowl’s surface by misting it with electrolyzed water, which has a slightly acidic pH value, to keep the bowl and WASHLET wand clean. EWATER+ is environmentally friendly, returning to tap water in approximately two hours. With EWATER+, you will use fewer harsh chemicals or detergents, which are costly and harmful to the environment.

WASHLET+ Bidet Seat with EWATER wand spraying waterWASHLET+ Bidet Seat

The Nexus’ WASHLET+ S550e bidet seat uses pure, clean water – and numerous technological innovations – to make your holiday guests cleaner and more refreshed than they have ever felt after a bathroom break. More than 40 years ago, TOTO reinvented the humble toilet seat as WASHLET, its globally renowned warm-water personal cleansing system. 

When the WASHLET cleansing cycle is activated, a self-cleaning wand with AIR-IN WONDERWAVE® technology extends from beneath the seat to provide a soothing warm flow of aerated water for complete cleansing. Because the water is drawn directly from the home’s freshwater supply, WASHLET delivers warm, aerated water that is always clean and pure. 

Once the cleansing cycle is completed, your in-laws may engage the drying cycle, which uses warm air to gently dry the area, protecting the environment by reducing the need for toilet tissue.

Other luxury features of the WASHLET+ S550e include high-tech sensor operation with auto open/close and auto flush; heated seat; in-bowl catalytic deodorizer; energy- and water-saving features; and EWATER+ technology.

Elegance and Sustainability

In any bathroom remodel, the faucets are its crown jewel. Available in an array of designs and finishes, TOTO’s high-design faucet collections present a world of possibilities for beauty and sustainability. 

GE Faucet Single-Handle Faucet

Inspired by the finely-honed beauty of a traditional Japanese sword, the GE faucet family embodies GE Single Handed-Faucetthe beauty of classical Japanese design updated in a contemporary form. The GE faucets merge TOTO’s latest technology with a respect for the less industrial, more handmade sensibility of traditional Japanese crafts and techniques. 

The GE faucet’s classic five-sided Chevron design, with its distinctive V-shape, extends from the faucet’s base to the tip of the spout, recalling the sharpness of a traditional Japanese sword. With the beauty of carefully ground metalwork, the multifaceted reflective surfaces capture a range of expressions. 

The GE faucets flow at a planet-friendly 1.2 gallons per minute.

The polished French gold finish enhances this sophisticated design. It gives the GE faucet a rich, deeply luxurious sensibility that will enhance your bathroom remodel and make even your sharp-eyed mother-in-law smile.

Turn the shower into an oasis

Regardless of your budget for upgrading a shower, a few luxurious touches can go a long way toward turning an everyday bathroom element into an exceptional experience. 

Image of Rain ShowerRain Showers

Among its overhead shower line, TOTO offers two chic contemporary designs – round and square – with touch button multimode water technologies (Warm Spa and Comfort Wave) or single-mode (Comfort Wave). They are available with a water-efficient flow rate of 1.75 gallons per minute. Their 8.5-inch spray face contains soft rubber nozzles that prevent limescale buildup. 

TOTO Rain Showers’ Water Technologies

For its rain showers, TOTO offers exhilarating water technologies designed to provide your holiday guests with showering experiences to fit their mood – the moderate-intensity Comfort Wave and the relaxing Warm Spa. 

Comfort Wave Technology

Comfort Wave uses TOTO’s unique spray nozzle design to add large water droplets to the standard water spray for just the right amount of stimulation, enabling bathers to enjoy a shower of moderate intensity while saving water. It’s ideal for first thing in the morning.

Warm Spa Technology

For a showering experience as relaxing as soaking in a warm bath, TOTO offers Warm Spa. A single voluminous pillar of warm water flows silently from TOTO’s overhead rain shower enveloping the curves of your guest’s body in relaxing warmth, without heat loss or splash. With Warm Spa, your holiday guests experience an utterly new showering experience that warms the body thoroughly without wasting water.


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